A day after deputies were called to a Richland County woman’s home by a concerned family member, her body was found on her front lawn.
A man described by authorities as the woman’s boyfriend, Marcus Bailey, 27, has been arrested and charged with murder, Richland County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Curtis Wilson said Thursday night.
A neighbor discovered the body of the woman around 7 a.m. Thursday in front of her home in the 600 block of Heron Glen in the Lake Shore subdivision. The neighborhood is south of the intersection of Farrow Road and Killian Road, in northeast Richland County.
Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said an autopsy would be performed today to determine cause of death, but it appears she had been dead “a couple of days” when her body was found.
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The victim’s identity has not been released but she was 25 or 26 years old and is not missing teenager Gabrielle Swainson, deputies confirmed Thursday morning when announcing the body’s discovery.
News of Bailey’s arrest was released just before 9 p.m. Thursday.
Deputies were canvassing the area for more information and potential witnesses, and speaking to family members on Thursday.
The Richland County Coroner’s Office and sheriff’s department are investigating. Bailey was being held at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.